A social work student working with a client

Discover this fast-growing profession! As a social work student, you will be trained as a generalist who encourages change within individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. You will learn to examine social problems in cultural, historical and current political contexts.

The Helen Bader School of Social Welfare prepares students for a wide range of careers providing services for children, victims of intimate partner violence, older adults, individuals experiencing homelessness and more.

The social work program at UW-Milwaukee is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Board of Accreditation.

Student Services

Northwest Quadrant – Building D
3rd Floor
2025 E Newport Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Department Programs

Group of diverse criminal justice & criminology graduating university students posing beneath a black and gold balloon arch.
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare students attending a graduation event in May 2024.

The Passionate Student

The Engaged Professional

The overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 9% from 2021-2031, faster than the average for all occupations.* Graduates from our program are adoption counselors, program services coordinators, gerontology specialists, mental health assistants, community outreach specialists, victim advocates, youth counselors, and more.

Where do UW-Milwaukee alumni work?

  • County and state entities
  • Healthcare settings
  • Human service institutions
  • Mental health programs
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • The justice system
  • Read more about social work alumni from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.